Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Seriously, if I can do it, ANYONE can. If you have Microsoft Windows, just download Photo Story 3. I chose this software instead of Movie Maker because I figured I'd be working with still shots, not streaming video, and I wanted the easiest program, yet one that would provide enough options to make it interesting. You may, as I did, need to download an updated media player, but both Photo Story 3 and the media player are FREE downloads. I found FREE photos from Big Stock Photo. Now, I know I could have paid for photos that might have been more targeted, but part of this exercise was to do it all for FREE. Photo Story 3 walks you through the easy steps, ending with adding the audio track, which is synchronized with the length of your video. Then, all you have to do is download it to YouTube (you'll need to create an account first, but that takes about 1 minute). YouTube gives you the option of changing the audio track (also for FREE), but if you do that (which I did for this one), you have to match a track that is the same length as your video. (It doesn't automatically synchronize like Photo Story 3.) And VOILA! Any questions, students?